A student-driven initiative at Colorado State University has added almost 114 megawatt hours of clean electricity to the Fort Collins-based university's annual solar generation. The purchase of an 80-kilowatt, $100,000 photovoltaic solar array was funded almost entirely by student fees allocated through the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), beginning in 2019. Recently, the university announced a deal that would double solar usage on the campus and help it towards a goal of shifting all energy needs to renewable energy by 2030.
The final project undertaken by students ended up being four times larger than the initial plan due to falling prices for PV, funding supplements provided by the Lory Student Center (on whose roof the panels reside) and Facilities Management, as well as incentives from a solar rebate program sponsored by the City of Fort Collins.
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